Issue II: prompts/ideas

Issue II: hermes (the kaleidoscope)

Below are words, phrases, paintings and photographs which might help inspire written, artistic and photographic responses to Issue II’s theme. 

Please remember, work written in response to these prompts must be submitted following our guidelines which are linked here. Any work we are tagged in is not considered for publication unless it has been submitted correctly via email. 

Deadline: Friday, 21st May 2021.

Words and phrases

crossing the river Styx


obscure illusions

between worlds


prismatic light

god of the unconscious (see Jung’s links to Hermes)

a bringer of dreams

messages and boundaries


guide and guardian

daughter of Atlas (Hermes’ mother, Maia)



Souls on the Banks of the Acheron by Adolf Hiremy Hirschl

Hirschl’s painting depicts Hermes receiving souls on the banks of the Acheron, preparing to help them cross into the Underworld. 

Hermes bringing Pandora to Epimetheus by Jean Alaux

Alaux’s painting depicts the moment Hermes delivered Pandora to Epimetheus, the brother of Prometheus. Hermes is said to have gifted Pandora with lies, seductive words and dubious character. 


Kaleidoscope III by Gabina Farova

kaleidoscope by Marco Andras

We look forward to your submissions for Issue II!

7 responses to “Issue II: prompts/ideas”

  1. This post is inspiring. Can those who were published in Issue 1 still submit for Issue 2, or do you prefer we wait?


  2. Thanks for some awesome prompts! Loving the mix of art, words, and phrases!

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  3. These are really helpful. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. […] Issue II: hermes (the kaleidoscope) is all about surrealism, eclecticism and being multi-faceted. For photography and visual art submissions, consider how you can play with light, patterns, fragments and the themes found in our list of prompts (found here). […]

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